What happened on the first day of Trump’s impeachment trial?
Previously unreleased security footage on Wednesday showed Republicans and Democrats alike running for their lives, with Mitt Romney and Chuck Schumer shown on camera fleeing through corridors to find a safe place to hide.
Advisers for Mr Trump say he has still indicated any regret over the violent incident on January 6 and his lack of contrition could influence wavering Senators, as reported by CNN.
Mike Pence – who was seen in footage on Wednesday being ushered away by the Secret Service with his family as the mob attacked the Capitol – has reportedly still not repaired his relationship with Mr Trump over the incident.
On Thursday, prosecutors will conclude their arguments for the impeachment of Mr Trump.
Trump has shown ‘no remorse’ for Capitol riot
Donald Trump has reportedly still not expressed a shred of remorse for the siege at the Capitol on 6 January.
When asked by CNN on Wednesday if the former president has shown contrition for the riots, a source close to Mr Trump laughed and said there is no greater offence to him than saying “sorry”.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 12:39
Republicans reportedly unmoved by Democrat impeachment evidence
Republican senators were reportedly no closer to convicting former President Trump on Wednesday, despite a slew of unseen harrowing video footage showing their colleagues bolt from the mob that descended on the Capitol on January 6.
The Democrats need 17 Republicans to back them if they are going to convict Mr Trump of the charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
However, in what was always going to be an uphill battle, Democrats will be disheartened by comments from prominent Republicans after the impeachment managers’ presentation.
Sen. Lindsey Graham told CNN: “I think there’s more votes for acquittal after today than there was yesterday.”
And Senator Mike Braun said the evidence was “riveting,” but when asked if it had changed his opinion, he said, “When you think the process is flawed in the first place, I think it’s going to be different to arrive at a conclusion on the facts and the merits itself.”
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 12:14
Republican senators reportedly nap and doodle during impeachment
Some Republican senators are reportedly not finding the impeachment trial of Donald Trump very interesting and have been spotted doodling and napping while being presented with evidence from Democrats.
CNN reporter Manu Raju said that Rand Paul was “doodling squiggly lines on a white pad of paper”, while NBC News’ Kasie Hunt reportedly said that Mike Braun, an Indiana Republican, appeared to fall asleep at certain points.
Louise Hall has all the details.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 11:56
Trump and Pence ‘yet to repair their relationship’ after president turned on key ally over election dispute
Donald Trump has reportedly still not healed the rift with his once-loyal deputy Mike Pence. The relationship between the duo fractured after Mr Pence refused to support the former president’s baseless accusations of electoral fraud.
Read the report by Joe Sommerlad
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 11:33
Mitt Romney reveals he had no idea how close he was to getting found by mob until seeing trial video
In the video shown to senators on Wednesday Mr Romney was led away to safety by police officer Eugene Goodman, who also drove the mob back as it descended on the Capitol building on January 6.
“I was very fortunate indeed that officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction,” Mr Romney told reporters on Wednesday.
The new video was shown by the House impeachment managers for the first time, and it showed officer Goodman running as the mob entered the Capitol.
He stopped when he came across Mr Romney and redirected him to another area, before moving to the first floor where he confronted the rioters.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 11:09
Biden orders sanctions on Myanmar
President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was issuing an executive order that will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing $1 billion in assets in the United States, and promised more measures.
Days of demonstrations have swept the country after the military coup that took place on February 1 in which leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained. Mr Biden said his actions were aimed at freezing US assets that benefit Myanmar’s military leaders while maintaining support for health care programs, civil society groups and other areas.
“We’re also going to impose strong exports controls. We’re freezing US assets that benefit the Burmese government, while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly,” Mr Biden said at the White House.
The US already has sanctions in place against some Myanmar military leaders over the killings and persecution of minority Rohingya Muslims.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 10:44
Dozens of top Republicans in talks to form ‘anti-Trump’ third political party
Some Republicans are so fuming at the behaviour of former president Donald Trump that they are considering forming a new breakaway political party.
The ideology of the new centre-right party would reportedly revolve around “principled conservatism” and treasure ideas that have been “trashed by Trump” during his time in office.
Stuti Mishra has all the details.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 10:24
President Joe Biden avoids weighing in on the impeachment trial of Donald Trump
The searing images once again claimed centre stage: a mob storming the US Capitol, Trump flags held aloft as violent rioters fought with police and targeted lawmakers.
But as the traumatic video footage from Jan. 6 grips viewers of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, there is one place where, publicly, the trial is being studiously ignored: the White House.
President Joe Biden stressed to reporters in advance that he would not be watching the proceedings and his team’s message is clear: Their focus is on the business of governing and not the historic events unfolding at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has dodged question after question about the trial, declining to offer Mr Biden’s opinion on the proceedings.
And Mr Biden’s calendar this week is meant as counter-programming to the trial: events focused on getting aid to those suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic and bolstering vaccine distribution to control the virus.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 10:03
Trump tweeted that Pence lacked ‘courage’ as VP was running for his life from Capitol mob
Minutes before Mike was being ushered out of the Senate chamber, narrowly escaping a mob that wanted to “hang” him, Donald tweeted that the former vice president did not have the “courage” to agree to his demand of stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”, Mr Trump said.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 09:52
President Biden visits Pentagon and calls for China review
While Donald Trump’s impeachment trial rumbled on Joe Biden made his first visit to the Pentagon as president, alongside vice-president Kamala Harris.
During his trip Mr Biden announced plans for a review of national security strategy on China as part of his push to recalibrate the U.S. approach with Beijing.
Defense Department officials described the review as a “sprint” effort that would weigh U.S. intelligence, troops levels in the region, defense alliances with China and more.
Mr Biden said the task force would make recommendations to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “so that we can chart a strong path forward on China-related matters.”
He is determined to depart from President Donald Trump’s approach to China — a relationship that placed economic and trade concerns above all else and then hit a wall after the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Middleton11 February 2021 09:31
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